Old Mill Trail

Hinsdale, Massachusetts 01235

Old Mill Trail

Old Mill Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This out-and-back trail is steeped in the area’s industrial history. It is also a fine hike to take with children.

Walk down to a map kiosk that relates the interesting industrial history of the area. The crushed stone treadway is universally accessible for almost one-half its length. The East Branch of the Housatonic River—a narrow stream here—borders the majority of the route, which is well blazed with plastic discs on trees.

Stroll beneath sugar maples and white ashes—with distinctive cross-hatched bark, and past the 2-foot-tall, leafless, green stems of scouring rush. Ostrich ferns (which produce edible fiddleheads when young), also thrive in the moist soil. A couple of flowering dogwood trees—more common to our south—stand on the left just before a fiberglass and wood bridge. Cross the bridge to follow the river downstream along its opposite bank."

More Old Mill Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This river walk mixes the natural beauty of the river with the rich history of a business that once thrived here in the Berkshires. This short walk takes you along the river’s edge, passing the ruins of a nineteenth-century textile mill, along old penstocks used to divert water to the mills downstream.

The path was completely excavated and gravel was put in place on top of a special fabric to resist erosion and keep plant life off the track. Composite bridges were built for safe passage over the river and across drainage ditches. The trail follows the river’s floodplain, a wet environment that makes it easy for many fern species to line the route. At 0.1 mile cross the river on the largest of the bridges—volunteers built this 50-foot bridge in one day."

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Trail Information

Hinsdale
Nearby City
3
Distance
155 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Duration
The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game manages the property; maintained by volunteers. HVA Berkshire County Office, P.O. Box 251, South Lee, 01260 (413-394-9796; hvatoday.org). MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Western Wildlife District, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, MA 01226 (413-684-1646; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/)
Local Contacts
USGS Pittsfield East; trail map available online
Local Maps

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Oct 2018